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Director of Children and Youth Ministries

published 3/12/2021

First UMC in Arlington Heights, Illinois is seeking a full-time director of children and youth ministries. This individual will oversee the discipleship programs that help children and youth participate in God’s bold love, as both a recipient of God’s love and a disciple of Jesus who serves others. Ideal for this role would be an innovative, detail-oriented, hands-on minister who collaborates with and empowers teams of volunteers within a sustainable model of ministry. This position reports to the pastor of faith formation.


  • Map out the overarching scope & sequence of discipleship from birth through high school
  • Actively engage with children, youth, and families, both inside and outside the church walls
  • Recruit, train, coordinate, and support teams of volunteer leaders 
  • Create pathways for children and youth to serve with other ministry teams and regularly participate in intergenerational opportunities
  • Provide supportive resources for parents
  • Organize the infrastructure of the ministry, ordering paperwork, guiding processes, implementing systems, and managing child protective policies
  • Communicate regularly with key ministry stakeholders, both inside the church and those who are a part of the community
  • Steward the budget and maintain the financial accountability of the ministry


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university preferred
  • Experience in implementing and leading teams towards sustainability, either in a faith-based setting or a related field
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to organize and keep accurate and detailed records
  • Strong competence and comfort with technology, including effectively utilizing platforms of digital communications, social media, and church-specific software 
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and strong work ethic
  • Passion for helping children, youth, and their parents know and love Christ
  • A person of Christian faith with an understanding of and alignment with the theology of a reconciling congregation in the United Methodist tradition 

Application Info:
Qualified candidates should send their resume along with a cover letter to


Position Type:

Contact: Renee Wilson

Phone: 877-462-5718



Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058